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Time Travel With Francis Ford Coppola

Posted on Dec 26, 2011

Twenty years ago, the celebrated director predicted that “some little fat girl in Ohio” and other amateur creators would help destroy “the so-called professionalism about movies” and usher in a new age of artistry.

So, has the democratization of moving pictures and sound paid off, or do we just have more cat videos than we know what to do with?

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By EmileZ, January 8, 2012 at 2:09 am Link to this comment

@ John Poole

Why don’t you go fuck yourself you stupid piece of poo with nothing to say.

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By John Poole, January 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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The little fat girl in Ohio turns out to be Coppola’s daughter!  By some miraculous
circumstance she got her stuff into theaters.  LOST IN TRANSLATION was
unwatchable for me. The pace and characters were plain stupid. Funny it wasn’t
uploaded on YouTube so we could watch it for free.  Maybe FCC didn’t quite
“prognosticate” honestly.  The “studio system” FFC railed against seems to have
been transplanted from Hollywood to vineyard country!

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By skmacksk, January 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Why don’t you and Rover sit and watch this video while you two brainstorm your next project, might give you two some inspiration!
Happy New Year

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By Alan, January 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment
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So I just got a new Sony Phlogistin-25 SuperCam.
UPS delivered it.  I just unpacked it, yeah works great.  So I’m outside now shooting my first full
length feature film….
Rover! sit! (bark when I tell you, Rover)
(3 hours later)
Max, hello, Max! ,
I shot it, it’s in the can so to speak,
well it’s on the microchip.
Can you sell it?
Upload it? upload it first?
(3 years later)
“DELETED” “Youtube removes unviewed videos
after 3 years with no views.  Thank you
for supporting Youtube)

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By skmacksk, January 1, 2012 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

You sound the notes of disappointment of someone who has been at the business of attempting to get his projects realized, and has met with indifference and rejection. I gathered that from your hyperbolic rhetoric. My argument was that the ability of Ohio girl, lets call her Julie to remove her from Mr. C.‘s insulting and demeaning characterization,has the opportunity to have what she produces, no matter its ‘value’, seen by an audience on the ‘cyber gulag’ of Youtube. Julie has been able to finance her acquisition of necessary equipment to make her film on a limited budget,and can simply post it on a site that can win her viewers. That is my notion of democratization of the media, perhaps a little simplistic, but serviceable. Nicolas Meyer started out making small films with his father after his mother’s death-careers have been built on much less. I hope your luck changes and you find success in your attempts at film making.
Best regards,

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By John Poole, January 1, 2012 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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EmileZ-  WTF? 
The subject was FFC and his flippant prognostication and hardly an appropriate
time to list one’s discerning cinematic tastes.

FFC’s snarky tone suggested he had resented working in an era where one had to
fifteen “professional” assistant executive producers on board to get a project green
lighted. FFC might even be envious today of the little fat girl and the current
affordable technology that enables a DIY ethos (as if she has any other options

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By EmileZ, January 1, 2012 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

To me the great hope is that great films past and pasture, will be recognized for the masterpieces that they were, and actually watched (there are so damn many).

I haven’t got a monopoly on what is great, but…

Gone To Earth (1950)

Faust (1926)

Faust (1994)

Les Miserables (1934)

High And Low (1963)

Eyes Of Fire (1983)

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Andrei Rublev (1966)

The Virgin Spring (1960)

Pandora And The Flying Dutchman (1951)

The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

200 Motels (1971)

The Love Machine (1971) (still better than any of Coppola’s films)

Torch Singer (1933)

The Song Remains The Same (1976)

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Great Flamerion (1945)

L’Atalante (1934)

Stroszek (1977)

Day Of wrath (1943)

Sunrise (1927)

The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

I won’t go on, but I must say, if kids these days are (or aren’t)... etc. etc.

Of course I excluded documentary films.

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By skmacksk, December 31, 2011 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

It’s interesting how Mr.Coppola frames his argument in the most pejorative terms,comfortably ensconced in patriarchal terms of unquestioned male dominance wedded to Capital,while entertaining an ironic stance,laced with a mild good humor-or am I misreading it? Never the less, long live that “little fat girl in Ohio” and the democratization of the media.

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By Mike, December 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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There are more important art films and directors working now than ever before. People
just aren’t looking in the right places. The last time the majority of talented directors
made films in the mainstream was 70 years ago.

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By mike, December 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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democratized? uhhhhh….when you have hundreds of thousands of small and
quickly fading(can anyone say SOPA) voices regulated to a cyber gulag unable to
live even the most modest life and find time to invest their guts into art that no
one will see much less distribute and market it even on you tube and a few fat
cats who pour multi millions into what is the most part huge advertisement for
lifestyle deluding themselves that because they’re “artists” they somehow desrerve
seventeen homes and relying on gangsters like distributers and studio executives
to garner far more attention for their own work that is warranted is that
democracy? hey maybe a fat girl did make a masterpiece…she sure as hell won’t
make a second but hey if coppolla has to work for mccdonalds why shouldn’t she?

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By John Poole, December 28, 2011 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps but the money won’t be there from her “artistry” to set her up as a
vineyard doyenne. This was an easy call 20 years ago when the music “profession”
had already undergone a huge transformation with CDR recorders and home

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By bigchin, December 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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cats are better actors than people…

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By afs, December 27, 2011 at 3:01 am Link to this comment

I like all those cat videos.

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By rumblingspire, December 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment
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yes there are way to many silly cats and talking babies BUT they do serve an audience.  I demand artistry however and have discovered youtube video things put together that tickle my fancy.  so yes, coppola was right.

The Dirty Filthy Mud - Forest of Black

Orange Alabaster Mushroom - Your face is in my mind

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